You should contact the Planning Division when you want to find out what improvements or land uses are permitted on a particular property. Zoning regulates setbacks, size, parking, height, and other construction requirements, as well as the type of uses or businesses allowed.
What is the zoning on my property?
You can obtain zoning information in this website on the Zoning Map (PDF), if you know the street address or cross streets. If you want, you can also contact the Planning Division at (619) 258-4100 ext. 152.
Where can I find the Assessors Parcel Number (APN) for my property?
Assessor Parcel Numbers can be found on tax bills for your property. Also, if you know the property's address you can either call the San Diego County Assessors Office at (619) 236-3771 or the Planning Division at (619) 258-4100 ext. 152 to research this information.
What can I build on my property?
Once you obtain the Zoning and General Plan designation for your property, you can view our Zoning Code (Municipal Code Chapter 17) and review all permitted uses within your zoning district.
I want to build a room addition. What are my setbacks?
You must know the zoning designation of your property in order to determine the setback information. You can obtain zoning information on the Zoning Map (PDF), in this website if you know the street address or cross streets. Zoning information is also available by contacting the Planning Division at (619) 258-4100 ext. 152. If you know your zoning designation you can view the setbacks online using the Land Use Code.
Can I build a granny flat/second unit on my residential lot?
Second units or granny flats are allowed in all single-family residential zones within the City. A City handout on Accessory Dwelling Units (PDF) can answer most questions about the process. A discussion with Planning Department counter staff can further verify your property's zoning and potential for more than one unit.
What is the height limit for a fence or wall at my residence?
In single-family residential zones, fences and freestanding walls may be built up to 6 feet in height, in a required exterior side yard, interior side yard, or rear yard. In front yards, solid fencing (view obscuring) shall not exceed 3 ' feet in height. Open, non-view obscuring fencing may be permitted in front yards up to 6 feet in height. Corner lots at the intersection of two streets shall provide a visibility clearance area, where nothing shall be higher than 3.5 feet in height for safety purposes (contact the Planning Counter for more information at 619-258-4100 ext 152).
Can I set up a business in my home?
Santee permits certain Home Occupation businesses, subject to regulations to assure they remain compatible with the surrounding neighborhood. Those regulations can be found in Municipal Code Section 17.06.060. Additional information can be obtained from the City Finance Department, who processes business license applications, at 619-258-4100 ext. 146.
What can I do if I think my neighbor is violating the Zoning Ordinance?
If you think your neighbor is violating the Zoning Ordinance, contact the City's Code Compliance staff.
What is the parking requirement for my property/business?
The parking requirements differ depending on the type of the use proposed. Single-family residences are required to provide 2 garage parking spaces per home. Specific parking requirements for multi-family residential and commercial uses are available in the Santee Zoning Ordinance, Section 17.24.
Do I need a sign permit for all signs?
Most all signs, both Temporary and Permanent, require permits from the Planning Division. Many sign permits can be issued over the counter by the Planning Division including Temporary Sign Permits (application) and Permanent Sign Permits (application). Building permits to install the approved permanent signs are also often required, and will require a separate submittal to that Division.
I would like to obtain a temporary banner permit for my business. What is the process?
You will need to fill out a Temporary Sign Permit application (PDF) and submit the application to the Planning Division. Information on how many banners you are allowed, where they can be placed, and how often they can be used is available in the Temporary Sign Permit information handout.
What are the fees of the Planning Division?
The schedule of Planning Division Fees can be found here.
I would like to landscape my property. Are there any requirements that I must meet?
Santee recognizes and promotes the use of water efficient landscaping practices throughout the city. Permits are not generally required to simply landscape your property. However, if you have a project that requires a building or grading permit and includes new landscaping and irrigation areas equal to 2,500 square feet or more, the city's Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance may apply. The city has prepared guidelines to assist property owners and contractors comply with the provisions of the ordinance. If you have questions about the Landscape Ordinance you can contact the Planning Division at (619) 258-4100 extension 152. Padre Dam Municipal Water District also has standards for irrigation and landscaping. Padre Dam can be reached at (619) 258-4600.